Studying history is one of the best ways to understand where we are, and how we got there.
Let face it, we’re living in interesting times. Although, when it seems like we’re the first to experience so many things, it’s often history repeating itself. The past and the present are more similar than you think, and this is the beauty of studying history at University. Here are our top tips on how to study History, and expand your historical knowledge.
1. Hit the Library
Your local or university library is one of the easiest places to pick up non-fiction material from the past. You can get lost in books, research, academic publications, archives and historical records from renowned minds in their fields.
Want to know how to study history in the library? Try doing a search on the library database for the topic that you’re studying. Then look for popular books on that subject. Many of the materials may also be available online through the library’s access to certain databases.
2. Take a History-filled trip
History is everywhere. Whether you’re studying battlefields or black history, the world wars or women’s history, there’s always something to go and see. So check to see what’s around you. Is there a local museum, landmark, statue or famous house? If so, go and see it. The tour guides are the most knowledgeable people, and they’re always happy to chat.
They are invested in the preservation of their sites and can offer little tidbits of information that can’t be found in textbooks. Immersing yourself in the period settings and with the people who are choosing to live their lives the way our ancestors did can be an exhilarating experience that you simply cannot get from the pages of a book.
Want to know how to study history from your sofa? Use your duvet-days to learn around your current subject. There are documentaries about almost every major event in our recent history – and some about true ancient history. Netflix, Amazon, the BBC and Hulu are all great sources of information, and they’re available to view 24/7. For factual TV, we recommend the History Channel.
4. Befriend an Academic
Remember that your tutors and university academics are there to help you. They will be renowned in their field, so they will have so much knowledge to share. If you feel overwhelmed with a topic, your teachers will point you in the right direction. So make sure that you use them.
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